Last night the Nintendo Switch was officially announced and we here at NerdLifeTX are working hard to get you all the details that we could translate. The hype machine was strong in the lead-up to this announcement, we heard rumors about pack-in games, battery life estimates, storage sizes, price and so on. Our expectations dialed up to nine, but, we were met with a different approach to this announcement. I personally found it almost off-putting as we watched Tatsumi Kimishima (President, Nintendo of Japan) step through each individual announcement in a very forced manner. The playfulness and banter that Satoru Iwata once shared with Shigeru Miyamoto had been replaced with a much more dry presentation that kept stepping on its own feet when attempting to be funny or cool.
Despite this, we learned that the Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3rd, 2017 for $299.99. The box will include the Switch console, the docking station, two Joy-Con controllers with wrist straps, a Joy-Con Grip, AC adapter and an HDMI cable. Also, the Nintendo Switch will come in two SKUs, the first with two gray Joy-Con controllers and the second with a both a red Joy-Con and blue one.
“The playfulness and banter that Satoru Iwata once shared with Shigeru Miyamoto had been replaced with a much more dry presentation that kept stepping on its own feet when attempting to be funny or cool.”
Aesthetically speaking, the Nintendo Switch looks very close to a modified Wii U controller where the right analog stick was moved down for an asymmetric layout which more closely matches an Xbox controller. At the top of the tablet, we see a cartridge port, headphone jack and venting for a heat sync assembly. In the back, there is a small off-center kickstand that folds out. The two halves of the controller on each side slide off of the tablet and can be independently used for player one and two. The thing that caught me most off guard with these controllers are the Wii-like functionality that they have for tracking objects in 3D space. These Joy-Con controllers can also be slid into a Joy-Con grip that acts more like a traditional controller. Nintendo also looks to be promoting new Pro controllers that again have the asymmetric analog stick layout.
Power: The Nintendo Switch vs ..?
Is the Nintendo Switch a handheld or is it a console? When you compare what we know about the hardware to the current gen consoles, it looks like the Switch will come up short in every area. It has less RAM, fewer CPU cores and less internal storage. However, we know that the Nintendo Switch is powerful enough to run the Unreal 4 engine. We also know that the developer FROM SOFTWARE have been able to get a current-gen title “Dark Souls 3” running on the console within a short amount of time. In an attempt to conserve power and run cooler, the GPU will run at a lower speed when the Nintendo Switch is not in its dock. However, this clocking down may not impact system performance that much do to the display resolution on the switch being 720p and not full HD or 4k.
So, let’s switch focus and compare it with the current handheld consoles. In this market, the Nintendo Switch comes out looking like a powerhouse. It has more, faster cores than the NEW Nintendo 3DS XL. It has more RAM and internal storage than either the PS Vita or the New 3DS XL and it is only eclipsed when it comes to battery life.
I can’t say that I am overwhelmed looking over the Nintendo Switch’s announced titles. There are a few titles that stand out to me but, I can already purchase several of these on another platform today. Having said that, maybe this is not the point.
I can play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U or Skyrim and FIFA on both last and current gen consoles. I can’t play these titles anywhere I want, however. I would have to contend with the rest of the family for screen-time. Let’s say they wanted to watch Netflix when I was in the middle of quest. The Nintendo Switch affords you an all in one solution that offers you 2 + hours before you need to find a power source. Yes, there are other solutions. I could remote play Skyrim from a PC to an Nvidia Shield or from a PS4 to a PS Vita but, these arrangements would start at a higher price-point and still teather me to WiFi. This could be the true benefit of the platform.
Below is a list of announced titles and release time-frames. We want to know what you guys think about the platform. Did we miss something? Comment below and let us know.
Launch Window Titles (March 2017)
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- 1-2 Switch
- Has Been Heroes
- Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
- Just Dance 2017
- Super Bomberman R
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- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Project Sonic
- NBA 2K18
- LEGO CITY Undercover
- Sonic Mania
- I am Setsuna
- Arcade Archives
- Disgaea 5 Complete
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Working Title)
- Dragon Heroes I & II
- Dragon Quest X
- Farming Simulator
- Fast RMX
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
- Minecraft Switch Edition
- Puto Puyo Tetris
- Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
- Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title (Name TBA)
- Skylanders: Imaginators
- Syberia 3
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Chapter
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
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